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Red Skelton vs. The Hangover

Red Skelton’s comedic sketches were legendary, among those his brilliant performance in “Red Skelton Recovers from New Year’s Eve Hangover.” The skit, performed in complete pantomime, features Skelton conquering his raging headache and unbearable dry mouth with the only real cure to a hangover. See you next year here on LOL for some dazzling visits to the lighter side of life. Until then, Happy New Year to all! — TheWickel

Skelton’s Clem Kadiddlehopper

Perhaps one of Red Skelton’s most affable characters was the intellectually challenged Clem Kadiddlehopper. In this first skit, “Clem’s General Store,” Kadiddlehopper removes the “Boy Wanted” sign from the window and approaches store owner Mr. Thompson. “Clem, why did you bring this sign in here,” Thompson asks. “Well, it says boy wanted, and I’m a boy,” Clem exclaims. “But you ain’t wanted,” Thompson says.

In “Clem and the Beanstalk,” Clem meets merchant J.B. Throckmorton, who asks Kadiddlehopper if he’s ever heard the tale of Jack and Beanstalk. A confused Clem says, “Is that the fellow who traded his cow for a bag of magic beans, and he went home and his ma threw them out the window, and the next day there’s a big beanstalk there that he climbed up, then he saw the giant and stole the ghost, er, goose that laid the golden egg … or ghost that laid the goosened egg. And he was rich forever after.” “That’s the one,” Throckmorton says.” “No, I’ve never heard that one,” Clem says. LOL returns next Tuesday for another chapter of the lighter side of life. — The Wickel

For the Birds

Comedian Red Skelton became an instant success during radio’s heyday in the 1930s and ’40s. But the lovable comic’s career hit the bigtime when he streamed into our living rooms through the magic of television and “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Red Skelton Hour” in the 1960s and early ’70s.  In one of his more popular routines, Skelton turns to two of his favorite characters, seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliff. Please join us on LOL every Tuesday for a stroll through the lighter side of life.  — The Wickel

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